A Brief Note On Culture And Everyday Life

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Culture and Everyday Life The term culture itself, is very broad. It is defined in many different ways by many different people around the world. Culture includes all the aspects from your everyday life. Most people don’t know it, but everything you do is part of your culture; it is a tradition. Culture consists of things such as clothes, family, food, and religion, all the way to recreation, gender roles, music, and art. However, when you enter a new type of environment with your own cultural heritage, it forces you to adapt and change. With this, a person’s culture consistently informs the way we view the world and others. This is especially true when people’s cultural traditions are confronted with a new culture and environment.…show more content…
Mira chooses to have a green card when she comes to America, so that when she is done with her job, she can go back to India to enjoy the rest of her life. On the other hand, Bharati does not. She chooses to become a US citizen, and she chooses to start doing and believing in the things a normal American would. Along with the two sisters being confronted with the new culture, they both make decisions depending on the new culture they have “chosen” for themselves. When Bharati is explaining certain decisions she is making, she says “By choosing a husband who was not my father’s selection, I was opting for fluidity, self-invention, blue jeans and T-shirts, and renouncing 3,000 years of caste-observant, ‘pure culture’ marriage in the Mukherjee family” (70). Not only does this show the connection between the two sisters growing weaker, it is showing that they are becoming their own people and choosing what they want to do in life and how they are going to do them. As you can see, Bharati is rebelling against her Indian cultural heritage because she is not following the rule of having an arranged marriage. Otherwise, Mira, is choosing to go back to India and marry her spouse that was already picked for her. As you can see, when Bharati and Mira arrived in the United States from India, the new American culture “challenged” the two sisters and even forced one of them to change, and adapt to their new
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